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Enviro-Mich message from Matt Flechter <mflechter@tnc.org>

   TITLE:  Government Relations Director
   SUPERVISOR: State Director
   LOCATION:  Michigan Field Office, East Lansing, Michigan
   PREPARER:  Helen Taylor
   DATE PREPARED:  October 2000


The Government Relations Director is responsible for designing and
implementing government relations strategies to advance The Nature
Conservancy’s conservation mission in the State of Michigan.
Responsibilities include: creating state and federal funding sources for
conservation programs; developing and supporting government policies,
programs, and incentives that enhance the conservation of biological
diversity on public and private lands; advancing partnerships with state
and federal natural resource agencies; and providing strategic support
on government relations issues to chapter staff and landscape project

Working in cooperation with state and chapter staff, the Government
Relations Director develops the Conservancy’s legislative agenda at the
state and federal levels, and serves as the Conservancy’s primary point
of contact with the Michigan legislature.  He/she establishes
collaborative relationships with the governor’s office, state and
federal agency officials, members and staff of the state Legislature and
Congress, and other public officials.  To advance specific initiatives,
the Director develops and maintains coalitions with other environmental
organizations and other interested stakeholders.


1. Work with federal and Michigan state and county government agencies
and legislative entities to promote programs designed to protect
biological diversity.  Seek expanded sources of revenue from all levels
of government to identify, protect, and manage critical landscapes and
natural areas.

2. Expand legislative appropriations activity to increase the level of
financial support provided for government programs devoted to the
protection of biological diversity and promoting the strategic goals of
the Michigan Chapter

3. Support and influence the enactment and implementation of state and
federal laws, regulations, and policies that advance the conservation of
Michigan’s biological diversity.  Work with public land management
agencies to promote the protection of important ecological resources on
public lands.
4. Coordinate efforts among staff and Board of Trustees to achieve
government relations goals as identified by the Michigan Chapter.
Increase the awareness of and support for the Michigan Chapter’s mission
and program among key governmental constituencies, and increase the
broad recognition of The Nature Conservancy as a leader in the
preservation of biological diversity in Michigan and elsewhere.

5. Plan and execute comprehensive government relations strategies,
including strategic planning.  This includes developing, expanding, and
maintaining a political constituency via a network of TNC members to
influence state and federal legislative policy to expand efforts for
preservation of biological diversity in Michigan, coalition building,
grass roots organizing, and media outreach efforts.

6. Serve as the Conservancy’s primary point of contact with the Michigan
Legislature, and coordinate closely with chapter staff to develop
relationships with the Michigan and Great Lakes Congressional

7. Provide strategic guidance and direct support on government relations
issues to chapter staff and landscape project directors to enable them
to meet their conservation goals and objectives.  Participate in site
conservation planning and review for priority conservation sites.

8. Develop a network of professional contacts with other environmental
organizations, lobbying associations, and other groups that are
interested in environmental policies in Michigan.

9. Develop contacts with state and regional media to advance the
Conservancy’s government relations agenda.

10. Assure The Nature Conservancy's compliance with applicable state and
federal laws and regulations governing lobbying activities.


1. Demonstrated commitment to The Nature Conservancy’s conservation
mission, goals
and objectives, and science-driven, non-confrontational approach to our

2. Bachelor's degree and five or more years experience in government
relations, public policy, political organizing, or related activities.
Direct experience with legislative processes, including research, bill
drafting, appropriations, and advocacy.  Direct experience in working
with public agency staff.

3. Demonstrated ability to think strategically, develop and manage
complex projects from
start-up to completion, and adopt new approaches in response to rapidly
circumstances.  Ability to learn and translate information into action
and results.

4. Ability to thrive in a “team” environment and work collaboratively
with a variety of
staff within a complex organization.

5. Track record of building relationships with elected officials, agency
staff, environmentalists, board members, landowners, community and
business leaders, coalitions, and other partners to achieve program

6. Proven and excellent written and verbal communication skills, public
relations and public speaking skills.

7. Willingness to work long hours and travel when necessary.

APPLICATION:  Send cover letter and resume to: Human Resources, The
Nature Conservancy, 2840 East Grand River Ave., Suite 5, East Lansing,
MI  48823. You may also
e-mail it to michigan@tnc.org, or fax it to 517-332-8382.


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